The United States returned to the pinnacle of women's soccer with a 5-2 crushing of Japan in Sunday's Women's World Cup final at the end of a riveting tournament that pushed the sport into new territory.
US captain Carli Lloyd scored a sensational hat-trick, including a goal from the halfway line, as the US roared to a shock 4-1 lead at half-time in the Women's World Cup final, before winning 5-2.
Megan Levy Carli Lloyd stole the show in the World Cup final, notching up a hat-trick of goals in the US' trouncing of defending champions Japan.
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